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The Pesticide Use Permit Program has also recently been subject to a number of regulatory amendments and administrative changes that will impact users for the 2015 season including as follows:

 

-          print reduction initiative – permit holders will no longer receive paper forms in lieu of this email reminders will be sent periodically and may include other pesticide regulatory information and updates,

 

-          updated electronic fillable forms – you can now save your permit and annual report in PDF copies of forms for future reference,

 

-          integrated pest management plans must now be filled annually – reporting guidelines are posted on our website,  

 

-          updated webpage - www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/eal/pesticide,

 

-          recent amendments to the Pesticides Regulation has initiated a phased in three year permit system:

 

-          the Non-Essential Pesticide Use Regulation under The Environment Act has been registered and came into force on January 1, 2015:

 

 

Environment Report

Letter re Pesticide Ban, September 2012

Dear Sirs and Madams,

This letter has been sent on behalf of the Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association regarding the potential or pending cosmetic pesticide ban.  We thank you for your recent communication with our association and for your invitation to be a part of the process.  We would also welcome an opportunity to speak in person on this issue in the near future.   As I am sure you are aware both Ontario and British Columbia have recently visited this issue with different outcomes.  Our goal is to provide our position for the record and to continue communication through this process.

Several provinces have a ban or restriction of pesticide use and application.  Each province has its own set of requirements to be a certified and licensed applicator.  Golf courses are exempt in all cases.  Manitoba Superintendents comply with and complete all the requirements of our province as well as those required in all other provinces.  We are judicious pesticide users and responsible Stewarts of the environment.  We helped to create the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program years back which teaches a balanced approach with spraying as a last resort.  All superintendents are required to be IPM certified, and to hold a valid pesticide licence.  These licences are approved through the Manitoba Agriculture, Food, and Rural Initiatives office.  The products we use are tested by Health Canada and are registered and approved through the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency.  We are also required to apply annually for a Pesticide Use Permit and to complete a Post Season Report for approval through Manitoba Conservation.  This process also requires superintendents to advertise our plan in a local paper.  We are a highly legislated, heavily scrutinized group, which account for 6% of usage among Use Permit holders.  A recent study done by the government showed that Use Permit holders only accounted for .5% of total pesticides sprayed in the province.  We will continue to be compliant, licensed, certified, and maintain a high level of professionalism.  

The golf industry is growing and reported an 11.3 billion dollar Gross Domestic Product last year and 400 million dollars in charitable donations.  Many of these donations were made to Cancer research.  Pesticides have been incorrectly linked to cancer repeatedly.  Last year in Manitoba only 16% of pesticides sprayed on golf courses were for weeds.  The majority were fungicides use to control plant diseases.  In British Columbia the term “Cosmetic Pesticide” did not extend to fungicides applied on golf courses.  This was deemed to be required for plant health and survival.  The average 18 hole golf course encompasses approximately 120 to 160 acres.  Superintendents in Manitoba apply pesticides to as little as 2 acres and as much as only 40 acres of their properties.  

Thank you for your consideration on this matter and we look forward to further communication in the near future.

Sincerely,
Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association

Public Notice update - February 2012

PUBLIC NOTICE

Pesticide Application Programs

Insert Course/Facilitv Name    intends to conduct the following pesticide control programs from April to November. All applications are part of a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management(IPM) strategy and depending on pest threshold levels, mayor may not include:

Projected dates of application are from Mav 1 to November 1, 20xx.

1. Weed control in turf grass areas within the property. Herbicides used may include:
- glyphosate, dicamba, 2,4-D, mecoprop, acetic acid, iron, sclerotinia minor.

2. Fungus control in turfgrass and treed areas within the property. Fungicides used may include:
chlorothalonil, propiconazole, tludioxonil, iprodione, myclobutanil,
azoxystrobin, fosetyl AL, pyraclostrobin, triticonazole, thiophanate-methyl,
iprodione, metalaxyl-M, tritloxystrobin, carbathiin, oxycarboxin, thiram, boscalid, mineral oil, bacillus subtilis, etridiazole, hydrogen peroxide.

3. Insect control in turfgrass and treed areas within the property. Insecticides used may include: .
- imidacloprid, chlorpyrifos, chlothianidin, chloranthraniliprole, carbarol, lambdacyhalothrin.

4. Growth regulators of turfgrass areas within the property. Growth regulators may include:
- polymeric polyoxyalkylene, trinexapac-ethyl

The public may send written submissions or objections to SPECIFIC pest control program(s) within 15 days of publication to the department noted below:

Manitoba Conservation
PesticidelFertilizer Section
Suite 160, 123 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB.
R3C lA5

PUBLIC NOTICE

Pesticide Application Programs

Insert Course/Facilitv Name    intends to conduct the following mosquito control programs from April to November. All applications are part of a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy and depending on pest threshold levels, may or may not include:
Projected dates of application are from Mav 1 to November I. 20xx.

1. Larvae control in turf grass, treed and standing water areas within the property.
Larvacides used may include: Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis

2. Adult mosquito control in turf grass and treed areas within the property.
Insecticides used may include:
-malathion, propoxur.

The public may send written submissions or objections to SPECIFIC pest control program(s) within 15 days of publication to the department noted below:

Manitoba Conservation
Pesticide/F ertilizer Section
Suite 160, 123 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB.
R3C 1A5